Programs

Museum Closed Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration

Friday — Sunday, November 24 — 26

Thanksgiving Dinner Plate Installation
Create a dinner plate that tells a story of your family and what you are grateful for. Add your plate to our CMOM dinner table installation to see what others are grateful for.
Friday — Sunday, November 24 — 26 | 1 pm | All ages | Drop-in

Storytelling: The Great Turkey Race
Museum Educators share the story of a silly misunderstanding that leads to a hilarious competition in Steve Metzger’s book The Great Turkey Race.
Friday — Sunday, November 24 — 26 | 11 am & 4 pm | All ages | Drop-in

Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats
Every year, thousands of people come to New York City to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade with its giant balloons and elaborate floats. Create a 3D float inspired by some of the Parade’s most famous designs.
Friday – Sat, November 24 – 25 | 11am & 12pm | 6 & older | Sign-up*
Sunday, November 26 | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm | 6 & older | Sign-up*

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
Specializing in the songs and dances of the tribes of the Northwest Coast, Woodlands (Iroquois and Winnebago), Plains (Sioux), and the Southwest (Hopi and Santo Domingo)—Thunderbird American Indian Dancers preserve through their performances the varied traditions of the Native American peoples.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
Friday, November 24 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Ticketed**

Dance Performance with Steps on Broadway
Dancers from Steps’ Professional Training Program share an interactive dance performance. Share what you are thankful for through dance!
Saturday, November 25 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Ticketed**

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Target Free First Friday Night

Come play for FREE at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan during Target Free First Friday Nights – every first Friday of the month.

With five fabulous floors of fun on West 83rd Street, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a destination for delight, discovery, and learning! We create experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities to ensure children thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Our hands-on learning environments, programs, and curricula are all produced through an alchemy of fun, research, and museum science.

Collage Collaborations: Tai Hwa Goh

Little makers and their grownups are invited to work with New York City’s up and coming professional artists! Collage Collaborations is an exhibition and family program series that introduces artists who use collage. In this technique, artists cut, tear and glue different materials to create a whole new image. Each Collage Collaboration introduces a different artist. Explore their unique artistic styles and learn about their processes as you help them create an artwork to go on display at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Collage Collaborations with Tai Hwa Goh
Artist Tai Hwa Goh creates collaged sculptures and wall installations that use handmade paper and printmaking techniques. Together with Tai you will collage a variety of colored tissue and printed papers to help her create a 3D wall installation.
Saturday – Sunday, December 2 & 3 | 1pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Collage Collaborations
Contribute to artist Tai Hwa Goh’s collage installation. Together with Museum Educators you will collage a variety colored tissue and printed papers to help her create a 3D wall installation.
Tuesday – Friday, December 4 – 8 | 10 am | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Funding for these programs was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hip-Hop Holidays

CMOM explores the holidays through the lens of Hip-Hop—not only in music and dance but how it has influenced design, art, and fashion.

Christmas in New York: The CMOM Christmas tree
Share your memories and make new ones this holiday season. Turn “only in NY” memories and stories into ornaments using NYC MTA Subway maps, MetroCards and clay. Add your ornament to CMOM’s Christmas tree in our main entrance.
Friday — Sunday, December 1 —Sunday, January 8 | All ages | Drop-in

Hip-hop Hat Design
Saturday, December 9 | 11 am, 12, 4, 5, 6pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*
Sunday, December 10 | 11 am, 12 & 4pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*
Saturday, December 23 | 11 am & 12 pm| Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*
Sunday, December 24 | 11 am & 12 pm| Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*
Thursday & Friday, December 28 & 29 | 2, 3 & 4 pm| Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

The School at Steps Holiday Performance
From Ballet to Hip Hop—kick-off your seasonal festivities by enjoying a performance from The School at Steps. Explore a variety of music and movement that will get you dancing right out of your seat.
Saturday, December 9 | 2 & 3 pm| All aged | Ticketed**

Hip-Hop Holiday Dance Party with Neil Fernando
Dance teaching artist and choreographer Neil Fernando uses holiday inspired pop music, hip-hop, and funk to get the whole family groov’n.
Sunday, December 10 | 2 & 3 pm| All aged | Ticketed**

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel! Workshop
Saturday, December 16 | 11 am, 12, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm| Ages 6 & Older | Sign-up*
Sunday, December 17 | 11 am & 12pm | Ages 6 & Older | Sign-up*

Hip-Hop Performance with Y-Love
Y-Love, known for years as the world’s first African-American Orthodox hip-hop artist is leading a new era of “universal hip-hop”–where pounding rhythms combine with social consciousness to elevate the world.
Sunday, December 17 | 2 & 3 pm| All ages | Ticketed**

Wearable Art with Chris Colon
Chris Colon’s brand of Snapbacks (or baseball cap) are hand painted. They go beyond a basic adjustable hat, they are wearable art—merging fashion and fine art. Chris shares his unique style and design as you paint your own hat.
Saturday, December 23 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

Graffiti-Inspired Gingerbread House Installation
Sunday, December 24 | 2 pm | All ages | Drop-in
Tuesday — Friday, December 26 — December 29 | 10:30 am | All ages | Drop-in

B-girl Rokafella
Breaking legend and mentor to aspiring dancers everywhere—b-girl Rockafella energizes and empowers through hip-hop.
Wednesday, December 27 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Ticketed**

Kwanzaa Unity Cup
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 26 & 27 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & Older | Sign-up*

Breaking with Dynamic Rockers
Victor “Kid Glyde” Alicea and his Dynamic Rockers crew share the art of breaking, hip-hop, and freestyle. Learn some signature moves and team up for a mini-break dancing competition.
Thursday, December 28 | 2 & 3 pm| All ages | Ticketed**

Champumagic: Hip-Hop Magic Show
Champumagic is a comedic magician who creates a show filled with music, comedy and memorable experiences. Champumagic has been doing magic for about 15 years and was recently featured at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square.
Friday, December 29 | 2 & 3 pm | All ages | Ticketed**

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Ring in the New Year with CMOM! To prepare for New Year’s we’ll be creating party hats, glasses, and noisemakers. Don’t miss the very special afternoon ball drop on New Year’s Eve for all those kids (and parents!) who won’t be up at midnight.

Dress your best for the New Year
Create a special hat and funny glasses to wear as you ring in the New Year in style.
Saturday, December 30 | 11 am, 12, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*

Happy New Year! Make Some Noise!
Create a noisemaker for your New Year’s celebration!
Saturday & Sunday, December 30 & 31 |10 am & 1 pm | All ages | Drop-in

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Parade
10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR! Join us for a countdown party to the New Year!
Sunday, December 31 | 12, 2 & 4pm | All ages | Drop-in

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.